Measuring the Carbon Footprint of the ICT Sector

The European Commission is working with 27 technology companies and associations to establish a common framework for the measurement of carbon emissions arising from the production, transport and sales of ICT goods and services. Current calculations of these emissions vary greatly and are dependent on the differ methods used. For this purpose the methodology of ten international standards were tested by a dozen ICT companies and associations. The results indicate that the standards pilot-tested are practically implementable and compatible, which is a key step towards agreeing on a common methodological framework for measuring the ICT carbon footprint. More on the Carbon Footprint of the ICT Sector